Cover article by MaTCh in Nature Materials

Image: Ghent University. Cover Design: Thomas Phillips. (large view)

Image: Ghent University. Cover Design: Thomas Phillips.

(05-11-2021) Within the Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering (MaTCh) a leading platform has been developed, allowing for unprecedent design of polymeric network materials.

This platform tracks the positioning of individual building blocks along the synthesis in 3D format. This is done while differentiating between the complex interplay of chemistry and diffusivity to unlock novel chemical structure – material property relationships.

This bridging of chemical engineering and materials science research lies in the core activities of MaTCh and was published as a cover article in the October issue of Nature Materials (IF: 43.8). Involved UGent authors are Dr. Lies De Keer (LCT), Prof. Lode Daelemans (CTSE), Prof. Marie-Françoise Reyniers (LCT), Prof. Karen De Clerck (CTSE), Prof. Paul H. M. Van Steenberge (LCT), and Prof. Dagmar R. D’hooge (LCT and CTSE). The cover concept was developed by Timo Meireman (CTSE) and further designed by Thomas Phillips (Art Editor Springer Nature).

The strength of the platform has been illustrated for three case studies in an international context, collaborating with leading research groups: (i) organosilica networks for membrane technology (LCT, CTSE and Stanford University; Prof. Reinhold Dauskardt); (ii) epoxy-amine coatings (CTSE); and (iii) drug delivery (LCT and Queensland University of Technology and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik).

Currently many exciting projects are running to further exploit the full potential of the platform, including the enhancement of multifunctionality in polymeric materials and polymer recycling.

More information

Volume 20 Issue 10, October 2021 (

Corresponding and last author: Prof. Dagmar R. D’hooge

LCT: Laboratory for Chemical Technology, MaTCh

CTSE: Centre for Textile Science and Engineering, MaTCh